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    Kevin McNally and Andy Secombe star in new recordings of original Hancock's Half Hour scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

    Between 1954 and 1959, BBC Radio recorded 102 episodes of the hugely popular comedy classic, Hancock's Half Hour. The first modern sitcom, Hancock's Half Hour made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. 

    Sadly, 22 episodes of the show went missing from the BBC archives and have not been heard since their original transmission nearly 60 years ago - until Radio 4 lovingly recreated them over four highly-acclaimed series between 2014 and 2020. In a special treat for Hancock fans, Series 4 also premiered one episode - The Counterfeiter - that was never recorded by the original team.

    Complete with the classic score performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, these hilarious episodes were recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in front of a live audience. Kevin McNally stars as The Lad Himself, with Andy Secombe playing the role of his father Harry and a stellar cast including Simon Greenall, Kevin Eldon, Robin Sebastian, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Susy Kane.

    Also featured is a bonus director's commentary for The Matador, in which Andy Hamilton chats to Kevin McNally and co-producer Neil Pearson about the joys and challenges of recreating a 1950s sitcom. In addition, we hear Kevin McNally and Robin Sebastian's riotous performance of 'The Test Pilot' sketch at the 2018 RAF centenary gala at the Royal Albert Hall and the interview they gave afterwards. 

    The episodes included in this collection are:
    The Matador
    The Newspaper
    The Hancock Festival
    The Breakfast Cereal
    The New Neighbour
    How Hancock Won the War
    The Red Planet
    The Marriage Bureau
    A Visit to Russia
    The Trial of Father Christmas
    A Holiday in France
    The Crown Jewels
    The Racehorse
    A Visit to Swansea
    The Three Sons
    The Winter Holiday
    Department Store Santa
    The Diamond Ring
    Prime Minister Hancock
    Christmas at Aldershot
    The Counterfeiter
    The Christmas Eve Party
    The New Year Resolutions

    Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Produced by Ed Morrish, Neil Pearson, Paul Sheehan and Hayley Sterling. Music composed by Wally Stott and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Levon Parikian. Thanks to Tessa Le Bars. A BBC Studios Production. Originally broadcast on the BBC Light Programme between 1954 and 1959.

    Recreated for broadcast by BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4, 31st October - 28th November 2014 (Series 1), 23rd November - 21st December 2015 (Series 2), 14th March - 11th April 2017 (Series 3), 6th December 2018 - 31st December 2020 (Series 4).

    Cast:

    Tony Hancock - Kevin McNally

    Bill Kerr - Kevin Eldon

    Sid James - Simon Greenall

    Kenneth Williams - Robin Sebastian

    Andree Melly - Susy Kane

    Moira Lister - Margaret Cabourn-Smith

    Harry Secombe - Andy Secombe

    Director's Commentary

    Featuring Andy Hamilton, Kevin McNally and Neil Pearson.

    ©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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